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Christmas tour in Copenhagen – candles, cookies and cosiness


What makes Danish Christmas unique? Join us on a guided tour in the beautiful, ornamented Copenhagen, and see how it lights up in the darkness of December. Experience Danish “hygge”  and get to know our traditions with candles, cookies and cosiness. Hear about the many different dishes that we eat for Christmas, and find out why Danes hide an almond in their rice pudding and dance around the Christmas tree! See typical Danish Christmas ornaments and listen to the story behind them. Learn about the Danes’ relationship to church and Christianity, and understand how the old yuletide celebrations still influence our traditions. Taste some of the traditional things we eat and drink and get suggestions on where to do your shopping.

Christmas tour description

The tour starts in Nyhavn, that sets the perfectly Christmas-lit setting for your holiday in Copenhagen. The cafés and restaurants offer Danish Christmas delicacies and the annual Christmas market fills the cobbled street with decorated stalls. We will tell you about the best Christmas markets and where to go Christmas shopping in Copenhagen as we make our way through the beatiful old part of Copenhagen.

We will continue through the streets of the inner part of Copenhagen: Kongens Nytorv, Amagertorv, Gråbrødretorv, Our Lady’s church, Old Square and end the tour at the Town Hall Square.

On the tour we will tell you all about Danish Christmas and the many traditions that we have in December. Why do we enjoy Christmas this much? It may have something to do with “hygge”. Of course you will not only learn about the Christmas traditions – you will also taste the mulled wine and the Christmas cookies.

Facts about Christmas

  • When the first Christian missionaries tried to convince the Vikings that Christ was a better god – and more and less succeded after 200 years – the church tried to change the name “jul” to Kristmesse – like Christmas – but the people in the North were pretty stubborn and sticked to the word “jul”.
  • Even though we became Lutherans in Denmark in 1536, we still have 3 days that refers to catholic saints. One of them is Saint Lucia. In Copenhagen the latest edition of the Lucia celebration is in kayaks in the canals of Copenhagen.
  • In December you will hear the Danes talk a lot about Christmas lunches and for a foreigner it can be a little confusing since Christmas “lunch” is often eaten in the evening and more is the Danish word for Christmas party.
  • In Denmark the Christmas elf is called a ”nisse”. He was a pagan thing and in the old days he was not a happy helpful guy who would be Santa Claus’ assistent. No, he had a hot temper and the farmers would try to please him in any way they could. They would give him porridge, because they saw him like a protector of the farm who was around all year.

Practical information
Duration: 2 hours
Start/end: At New Harbour/City Hall Square
Including: Homemade Danish Christmas cookies and a warm beverage

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